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Crimes of the Art is a weekly survey of artless criminals’ cultural misdeeds. Crimes are rated on a highly subjective scale from one “Scream” emoji — the equivalent of a vandal tagging the exterior of a local history museum in a remote part of the US — to five “Scream” emojis — the equivalent of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.
Brainless Thief Steals Medical Museum’s Brains
David Charles, 23, of Indianapolis, has pleaded guilty to repeatedly breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum and stealing jars of brain matter and other human tissues. Investigators recovered 80 jars of human tissue from Charles.
Verdict: Eighty jars!? Jeez, leave some vintage brains for the rest of us.
Suicidal Ohio State Security Guard Attacks Art
As yet unidentified artworks featured in the exhibition After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University were damaged when a former campus security officer entered the museum with a gun, vandalized several pieces, and then killed himself. Though the museum will reopen tomorrow, the exhibition will remain closed through the end of its scheduled run (December 27).
Verdict: This is just very, very sad.
Jewish Dealer’s Grandson Sues for Modigliani
The grandson of Jewish art dealer Oscar Stettiner, Philippe Maestracci, is suing New York’s Helly Nahmad Gallery for the return of Amedeo Modigliani’s “Seated Man With a Cane” (1918), a painting that was allegedly stolen by the Nazis and was recently valued at over $25 million. The case was filed with the New York State Supreme Court, which previously ruled that Maestracci, a resident of France, did not have sufficient standing in the US to make his claim here. The latest suit was filed by the US-based administrator of Stettiner’s estate.
Verdict: It’s just like Biggie said: “Modiglianis, mo’ problems.”
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.